I've been in Alaska working for over a month now and I finally got a bit of time to hunt. The black bears are finally out, although I was surprised since the snow around here is still well over 3 feet deep in most places. The bear was layed out and not stretched and measured 7'2" long. I'm not sure how to stretch em to or if stretching them gives ya a more true measurement, as this is my first bear so I didn't worry bout it. Either way, its a real nice bear I think. The skull has rough scored at 20 1/2 right now and in 60 days I'll let a guy at home score it to find out for sure.
The bear was shot with a 12ga from 50 yards using 600 grain Brenneke slugs. He only went 30 yards before piling up. I was damn impressed with how hard they hit.